If you've been following
Gene Chizik and his new staff have recruited three
players – Alex Cook, Ryan Mouton, and Michael Tate – from the team ranked #1 in
the nation amongst junior colleges following the 2006 season to finish off an
unblemished 12-0 season. Mouton has
since decided on
The head coach at
CN: Let's start with Alex Cook. He might be the highest-regarded recruit ISU is after between now and Signing Day. Where do things stand with him?
Franchione: Right now I would say it's down
Franchione: That's something that has just happened over the last
two weeks. He's heading out to
CN: What has told you about ISU?
Franchione: He said he had a good time, but he was sort of quiet about it because ISU coaches were still around. The coach recruiting him is (offensive coordinator) Robert McFarland and he's a great guy.
CN: Tell us about Alex as a young man.
Franchione: He's a difference maker. He makes plays and he wins ball games for us. He's just a great pure athlete. He stood up and played linebacker for us in nickel package and even dropped into coverage some. He played defensive end and was a good pass-rusher. He's soft-spoken, but he's a fun kid to be around.
CN: What about Michael Tate, who is already committed to ISU?
Franchione: Tate is a good athlete. He played tailback in high school so that should tell you something about what kind of athlete he is. He has great speed, and is very quick and explosive. He played this year with injuries that dampened his production. If you get him healthy and physically able to play he could be an Alex Cook-type of player.
CN: Do you think those injuries negatively impacted his recruiting exposure, because Scout.com only ranks him as a 1-star prospect?
Franchione: Absolutely. I know of two big schools that would've offered him right off the bat had he not had some injury problems.
CN: Tell us about Michael as a person beyond football.
Franchione: He's an intelligent kid that signed with